Cosatu ready for massive strike
Johannesburg - A meeting at Nedlac in June will determine whether Congress of SA Trade
Unions members can down tools over high electricity tariffs, the trade federation's general
secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Thursday.
"If no progress is made at that meeting, Cosatu will mobilise its
members for a massive strike as soon as [the National Economic Development and
Labour Council] declares that the matter has been duly considered," he
said at a media briefing after a meeting of Cosatu leadership.
The Nedlac meeting would take place on June 14, days after the start of the
2010 FIFA World Cup.
Vavi said Cosatu delivered a Section 77 notice to Nedlac in April.
The respondents to this are the department of trade and industry, the
department of energy, the department of economic development, Eskom, the
National Energy Regulator of SA and others.
At a meeting on May 25, respondents said they did not have a
mandate, but agreed to respond in writing to issues raised in the
notice before the June 14 meeting.
He said it was Cosatu's right to embark on industrial action.
"When we do so [go on strike] no one must accuse us of holding anyone
to ransom," Vavi said.
Cosatu was being supported by the Federation of Unions of SA in its attempt
to reverse the high price of electricity in the country.
Cosatu had also met the ANC to discuss the energy matter.
Vavi said these talks were being taken forward
and if a solution was found in this process there would no longer be a need to
engage in the legal processes through Nedlac.
Well, why not another strike. I believe Mr Vavi is very much a supporter of the current Transport
Strike which is still ongoing and creating havoc with Exports and Imports. Why not to show all the foreigh visitors how wonderful the Rainbow
Nation works and I hope that some of them have the time to read the Newspapers to see what is goign on in the beautiful S A.
Usual pattern is strike for 2 weeks os so, cost country Billions which is more than total amount involved in wage demands. Then settle for mid point figure betwwen strikers and employers. But this is so broad and vague - what could settlement point be? Maybe it's just fun and exciting to strike. It can't be to embarass the government as they are incapable of being embarassed, taking responsibility or resigning when grave errors of judgement are exposed.
The labour unions incl Vavi are in it for themselves and could not give a continental about more job losses and price increases due to strikes.The union members just can't see it so the unions just keep pulling the wool over there eyes to fill their back pocketsand at the same time screw up the country.Also, the labour laws need to be relaxed to make the worker responsable and accountable for his job instead of being nannied.